The sight of the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria at Karumba Point always soothes the soul
The sight of the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria at Karumba Point always soothes the soul, and I enjoyed some fresh Chook Burger, Roll and chips from Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park while contemplating the sea, but I couldn’t delay too long because this time was down at the port end of town.
The Barra and Blues festival was created to coincide with the official opening of the wonderful Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre, with a stage set up next door to the the new centre on Yappar St, past the New Century export loading facility.
The Centre is a crescent-shaped building next to a barramundi dam which had over 100 fish in it on the weekend.
While there are no plans for any catch and release activities in the dam itself, it will breed and grow barra, and the daily feeding is expected to be a drawcard for tourists.
Inside the building are displays and educational material about the town Karumba, crocodiles, and of course, the barra themselves.
The highly-prized barra live in the coastal waters across the top end of Australia and down the east coast to Maryborough and are highly adaptable creatures which can live in deep and shallow waters, and salt and fresh (hence why they thrive in environments like Lake Moondarra).
Though part of the local diet for millennia, the fish was relatively unknown to white Australian palates until the 1950s when Sunshine Coast fisherman Lloyd Clark discovered a large cache in these waters.
His family opened up Karumba and also began the prawn industry here.
One of the people attracted to the possibilities of fisheries in the region was a 15-year-old Les Wilson.
As well as his fishing, he volunteered into the local community with the firies, SES and marine rescue.
He spent 23 years on council – seven of them as Carpentaria mayor and he was deservedly honoured with the name of this great new facility – Derek Barry